Strong Individual Efforts Not Quite Enough

PAINESVILLE, Ohio (September 27, 2008) - Lake Erie College jumped out to a 10-7 lead in the first quarter after out rushing the visiting Adrian College Bulldogs by 48 yards, but were unable to hold on to the lead, losing, 37-17 at Jack Britt Memorial Stadium Saturday afternoon.

The Storm's Kyle Gregory (Avon, Ohio/Avon) plowed past the Adrian defense on the opening kick, returning the ball for a program record 52 yards to give Lake Erie excellent field position at the Adrian 45-yard line. Seven plays later, Lake Erie was on the board with a Cameron Szatala (Lorain, Ohio/Admiral King) 37-yard field goal.  

The Storm then stopped the Adrian attack on its first series and regained the ball where it forged ahead 27 yards on six plays before having to punt. The Bulldogs scored on their next position, making it 7-3 after a one-yard rush into the end zone followed by an extra point.

Lake Erie answered in its next series after two Tony Howard (Garfield Heights, Ohio/Garfield Heights)rushes for a combined 45 yards, including a 13-yard touchdown run. Szatala's kick through the uprights put Lake Erie back on top, 14-10 where it ended the first quarter.

Adrian put up two touchdowns in the second quarter to go ahead 21-10 to end the half.

After the break, Lake Erie capitalized on Bulldog penalties - four in all that amounted to 58 yards - and totaled 89 yards in six plays. Freshman quarterback Sean Bedevelsky (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) threw a 77-yard touchdown pass to Demetrius Gray (Cleveland, Ohio/Cleveland South), making it into the record books for long reception and long pass. Szatala's extra point brought the Storm within four, 21-17, with 7:05 to go in the third period.

Adrian scored its fourth TD of the day in the third quarter, then added another touchdown and a field goal in the fourth to finish the game.

Bedevelsky concluded the day 13-for-19 for a total of 205 yards. Gray was the Storm's leading receiver with 131 yards and five receptions. Howard totaled 85 yards on 11 carries. Bill Finucan (Rocky River, Ohio/Rocky River) was again on top for the defense with eight total tackles.

Lake Erie (0-5) remains at home on Oct. 4 to host Glenville State at 1 p.m.